The Supreme Court declined on Monday to discuss a challenge to a New York state law requiring prospective gun owners to demonstrate they need to defend themselves before getting a concealed-carry license for a handgun.
The New York Times reported that the court’s decision effectively backs a ruling by the federal Court of Appeals for New York upholding the law.
New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman filed a brief to the high court arguing that the New York law, similar to measures in at least seven other states, operated in accordance with the Second Amendment by allowing for private firearm possession while fulfiling state requirements for public safety.
In December 2012, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down an Illinois law barring gun owners from carrying their weapons in public. State lawmakers were given 180 days to modify the law.